Brian D. Evans: “I Have Focused The Last 10 Years On How To Master My Humility With Balance”
Interviewed by Sam Sawchuk // Also shared on Startups.co.
Brian is the Founder of Influencive, an online publication focused on providing advice about entrepreneurship, business, lifestyle, culture, travel, and life-hacking. Brian is also the Founder of BDE Ventures. He has been recognized as an Inc. 500 Entrepreneur, having built the 25th fastest growth marketing and advertising company in America. Brian is an advisor to many startups and mentor to many entrepreneurs, as well as a columnist at Inc.com, Entrepreneur.com, Huffington Post, Forbes and others.
Q: What are some challenges you faced when developing your venture?
Throughout the last 10–15 years the constant theme for me was a tremendous amount of self confidence. Most people would see this as a good thing, but when the confidence gets too excessive and the ego kicks in, you start to prevent yourself from learning.
I have focused the last 10 years on how to master my humility with balance of my high level of positive energy and belief in my abilities. Now, I allow myself to constantly be a student, rather than believing I’m the master of something. This hunger for more knowledge enables me to be open minded and discover ideas, inspiration and techniques in unsuspecting ways and places.
Q: Was there any point when you thought it was over? That you were going to fail?
I have failed many times. I have quit projects, clients, and every “job” I ever had sporadically without notice when I no longer thought they were serving me anymore. I wouldn’t call this exactly a good quality, but I believe in my gut so much that I act immediately when I am inspired to act.
This “failure” helped me transcend and realize that it was all for a reason. The greatest thing I ever did was allow myself to be vulnerable enough to learn and grow from so many different experiences in live, even ones that I did to myself.
In fact, I think a lot more people need to intentionally back themselves into a wall and fight their way out. You need that killer instinct, with the balance of a good kind heart and humility. That to me is the perfect combination. A fighter that could rip your head off, but someone with such a delicate touch that they have an extremely calm, centered and loving energy. That is a master to me, it’s not about money or cars.
Q: As an entrepreneur how important has flexibility been in developing your venture?
I roll with the punches literally. I have been training Brazilian jiujitsu on and off for a good portion of my life. We are literally taught not to physically resist when something happens, but to roll with it and use it to our advantage. Instead of strong arming someone to get what I want or need, I just roll with it and channel the energy into something positive for everyone.
Q: What was was your spark, where did it come from?
My inspiration comes from people, animals, and the world. Energy really. As humans we are such energy based beings, that it is unavoidable. I think anyone that doesn’t believe that everything is based off energy, needs to wake up. Look at Oprah, Tony Robbins, even Bob Proctor. All of those guys are WINNING. There’s a reason why. Energy fuels inspiration and imaginable. Music is also a major motivator. It can change, inspire or better a mood almost instantly.
Q: What are your non-work habits that help you with your work-life balance?
Randi Zuckerberg told me best that of all the things we focus on you don’t need to indefinitely pick 3 out of potentially 5 important things in life. You can pick new focuses each day and truly have balance by focusing on a daily level rather than ignoring something major like your health or fitness. Decide your focus each day. It doesn’t have to be the same as the day before. We wake up with energy everyday, use it where it best fits.
Q: What is your best tip for entrepreneurs?
Drop your ego. Literally drop it. Listen more than you speak. Instead of thinking you are the absolute expert in your field, ask people questions that you don’t believe are qualified to give you answers. When you truly open up on that level, you start becoming a lifelong student that makes you much closer to becoming a master than believing you are a master.
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